As much as I lament the lack of pure white snow here in sunny Florida, I really do not envy my friends and family back in Canada who have to endure the long, dark, cold days of winter.  The flurry of activity surrounding the holidays gives way to the endless piles of snow and freezing winds of January, and spring seems a million years away as the days tick slowly by.

One of my good friends of many years lives waaaaaaay up north in a place that is remote and frigid, and in the days after Christmas I was thinking of her and an idea popped into my head--a surprise winter survival care package!
I stumbled across the most beautiful wool, and my knitting fingers got itchy!
The color combination is called 'Glacier Bay', and it reminded me of her--the perfect find!
I dug out my Mum's instructions for slipper socks--I have knitted so many pairs of these through the years, but it's been a few years since I last made them.  Always better to check the pattern!  Mum developed these slippers from her old stockings pattern with the most beautifully-turned heels and perfectly-tapered toes which had been taught to her many years ago by my paternal Grandmother.  There is a lot of history in these socks!
I am so pleased with how they turned out--look at the gorgeous variegated colors!  I made the tops of them a bit longer than I normally would to cover the ankles and keep away the northern drafts...
... and I liked them so much that I made myself a pair too!  My color is called 'Violets', and I adore the heathered purples and pinks with a touch of mossy green thrown in.
Is there anything more pleasant than receiving a surprise package in the mail?  When I was in university, living far from home, the best thing in the world was to receive 'snail mail', second only to a care package.  To this day I get excited when I open the mailbox and there is a card waiting for me inside.  A package?  Well, that just makes my whole day!
Some of the best things come wrapped in plain brown paper!
The slipper socks are snuggled up inside with some winter essentials...
Rosebud salve to prevent chapped lips, sparkly moisture cream to add a bit of bling and protect tender skin from the rough Canadian winds, shimmer face hilighter to brighten a face that rarely sees sun at the moment, and a few other fun little treats!
I just got a message from her this morning--after two weeks in transit, the package finally arrived!  I was waiting to share my project with you until she received the package... just in case the surprise was discovered.
You would be surprised how often I've worn my own slipper socks lately--it's been rather cool in the evenings, and these are beautifully cozy when the temperatures dip.   Unfortunately the pattern for these is my Mum's jealously-guarded secret as she sells many versions of these year-round at crafting fairs and a local cooperative of like-minded artisans back in my hometown.  However, if you are an experienced knitter who has made stockings before, these are very easy to make--you cast on 42 stitches, knit 2 pearl 1 for 6 rows, knit 3 rows, and then knit and turn your heel and continue on as you would for a stocking, working with 14 stitches on each needle once you have turned the heel and decreased back down to 42 sts to knit the foot.  Decrease as usual to shape the toe. 
I hope you're all having a wonderful week--and enjoying your winter projects!  What's everyone working on at the moment?  I love to see what other crafters are doing :-)
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done,
the zest of creating things new.
~Antoine de Saint-Euxpery~
 


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30/01/2013 11:35am

I LOVE knit socks. I want to learn how to knit soley to make mittens and socks! My sister crocheted me booties for Christmas, they're the best!

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30/01/2013 12:10pm

You're so right, Jill! I love them too--back in Canada I used to have a little basket of slipper socks by my front door for guests to slip on in the cold weather--everyone always loved them :-) I hope you enjoy learning to knit and creating your very own!

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30/01/2013 1:14pm

Leisa,

The socks are so cute. I have only knitted a scarf before....but it was fun!

blessings,
karianne

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30/01/2013 2:43pm

Thanks, Karianne! I really enjoy knitting, myself--and these were so fun to make as I started to see the color pattern emerge :-)

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30/01/2013 6:16pm

I wish i could knit - these are beautiful. How luck is your friend! Love the way the Miami postcard matched the socks.

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30/01/2013 6:21pm

Thank you, Donna! Wow, you are really observant--I didn't even notice the colors in the postcard matching the slippers until you pointed it out! :-)

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30/01/2013 8:16pm

Love Love Love these!! I wish I knew how to make socks.

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30/01/2013 11:43pm

Thanks, Gina! They look intimidating but they're really not that hard to make... my next 'must learn' is double-knitted mittens :-)

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LOVE the beautiful slipper socks you made!! What a thoughtful care package you created!! I'm sure the recipient will be just as thrilled to receive their care package as I was to get the one I blogged about! ;) Thanks for sharing! Enjoyed your post! ;)

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30/01/2013 11:45pm

Thank you, Brenda! My friend just received the surprise care package and she was super excited... what a great feeling! I hope you are back to 100% soon!

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31/01/2013 5:56am

Too cozy and warm! Love the thread! Thanks so much for sharing ! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
Have a fabulous week!
Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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31/01/2013 12:46pm

Thank you, Ana! I'm so glad you stopped by... all the way from Portugal! I visited your blog and your photographs are so lovely :-) Looking forward to reading about your projects!

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31/01/2013 9:16am

The slipper socks are gorgeous and I'm sure a welcome surprise in the Canadian winter. Such a nice goodie box. I've never tried knitting or crocheting socks. It's on my list of things to learn ... along a gillion other things! Someday!

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31/01/2013 12:48pm

Thanks! The friend I sent these to just posted a pic on facebook yesterday of her car's thermometer gauge--it was stuck at -30Celsius because it won't register anything lower! It has been -44C this week... she is putting her slipper socks to good use!

Knitting socks always seems so complicated, but once you've knitted the first pair it just makes sense and they're quite easy... you should try it soon! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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31/01/2013 1:56pm

These look soooo cozy! I wish I knew how to knit! Your friend is lucky to have you! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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02/02/2013 11:14am

Thanks, Jenna! Knitting really isn't that hard--it's all in the practice! You should start :-)

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31/01/2013 5:43pm

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful Sole Warming post at Simple & Sweet Fridays. What talent you have! Lucky Friend!

Jody

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31/01/2013 10:38pm

Thanks, Jody! I'm just so glad she liked them :-)

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01/02/2013 8:25am

Leisa, These sox are fabulous! If I ever finish my kitchen, I'm may just have to learn to knit!

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01/02/2013 9:39am

Thanks, Linda! I'm looking forward to seeing your kitchen progress... Have a great day!

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01/02/2013 9:02pm

Hi Leisa,
I love your slipper socks, especially the pink and purple ones! Yes, living here in Canada, they would feel awfully nice on the tootsies this time of year. What a lovely package for your friend. Thank you for sharing these at my HOME and have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

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02/02/2013 11:16am

Thanks, Sandi! I'm particularly fond of those ones too--they're the ones I made for myself, and I love the colours! I hope you have a great weekend--and stay warm!!!

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01/02/2013 9:57pm

Just pretty knitted socks - I love the colors. I knit quite a bit but for some reason I am intimidated to use double needles which I think you used from the pictures. Your friend is lucky to have you. I just knitted my hubs a valentine coffee hug mug and knitted some hearts for valentines also. Thanks for your kind words about our Bo passing, it was sweet of you. I'm so sorry you had to say good bye to two fur babies so recently. My thoughts are with you. I'm following on Linky.

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02/02/2013 11:20am

Thanks, Cathy! Don't be intimidated--I did knit them using 4 needles, and it's really not that hard once you get the hang of it. It would be really easy to use 4 needles to make a nice seamless cup warmer--that would be a great project to get used to the 4 needle method :-) The days without our furry friends never really get easier, we just learn to cope (at least I find that to be the case), and I hope your days are a bit brighter as we slide toward spring. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for following! I'm off to read your new post now :-)

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02/02/2013 8:15pm

Those are beautiful! Love them!!!

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02/02/2013 8:28pm

Thank you, Diana! So glad you dropped by :-)

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05/02/2013 10:55pm

These are so cute! Love the colors. I know that your friend did a happy dance when she opened that package. So sweet of you to think of her during these long cold months. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

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